2013 NFL Draft: Landry Jones Scouting Report
Player Name: Landry Jones
Jones may not be quite the talent or NFL-ready passer former Oklahoma star Sam Bradford was, but he’s a fine talent in his own right. With extensive experience with a winning program against tough competition, there’s a lot to like about Jones heading into the 2013 NFL Draft.
Ideal size and frame for the position, along with good arm strength. Has shown the ability to make all the throws. Has an improving deep ball, but he really excels on short passes and in the intermediate game. Benefits from Oklahoma’s offense, but deserves credit for running it so well, as well. Is a routine passer who thrives on timing and precision. Extremely productive player who has displayed excellent accuracy and leadership. Has tons of experience and should be ready for the next step after four years of college.
Arm strength is fine, but his deep ball lacks consistency. Tends to get rattled under pressure. Isn’t an elite athlete and mobility is just average, so he’ll need to work at getting better under duress. Throwing motion is generally fine, but it looks a little robotic at times. Some say win-up, I just say slow. His release is just a little predictable at times. Obviously benefits greatly from playing in a great college system. May have a tough transition to the next level initially. Appears to have mental lapses at times. Really hasn’t been as good as you’d like in big moments. Needs to get better under pressure in every sense of the word. May need elite weapons around him to succeed at the next level.
Jones certainly has some issues and may not be completely pro-ready for his first year, but he’s got the talent and skill-set to turn into a very solid pro player in a fairly short amount of time. He’ll almost certainly be a mid-to-early first round pick.
NFL Comparison: Mark Sanchez
Draft Range: Mid-rounder
Potentially Interested Teams: Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs
Check out NFLSoup’s draft guru Keet Bailey’s 2012 scouting report of Landry Jones.